To leap up; jump.To move with leaps; bound along; rush.Specifically To start up; rise suddenly, as a bird from a covert.To be impelled with speed or violence; shoot; fly; dart.To start, recoil, fly back, etc., as from a forced position; escape from constraint; give; relax; especially, to yield to natural elasticity or to the force of a spring. See spring, n., 9.To be shivered or shattered; split; crack.To come into being; begin to grow; shoot up; come up; arise; specifically, of the day, to dawn: said of any kind of genesis or beginning, and often followed by up.To take one's birth, rise, or origin (from or out of any one or any thing); be derived; proceed, as from a specified source, stock, or set of conditions.To come into view or notice; be spread by popular report; gain fame or prevalence.To rise above a given level; have a relatively great elevation; tower.To warp, or become warped; bend or wind from a straight line or plane surface, as a piece of timber or plank in seasoning.To bend to the oars and make the boat leap or spring forward, as in an emergency: often in the form of an order: as, “Spring ahead hard, men!”Synonyms Leap, Jump, etc. See skip, intransitive verbTo cause to leap or dart; urge or launch at full speed.To start or rouse, as game; cause to rise from the earth or from a covert; flush: as, to spring a pheasant.To bring out hastily or unexpectedly; produce suddenly; bring, show, contrive, etc., with unexpected promptness, or as a surprise.To jump over; overleap. To cause to spring up or arise; bring forth; generate.To scatter as in sowing; strew about; shed here and there; sprinkle (a liquid).To sprinkle, as with line drops, particles, or spots; especially, to moisten with drops of a liquid: as, to spring clothes.To shiver; split; crack; as, to spring a bat; the mast was sprung.To cause to burst or explode; discharge.To shift out of place; relax; loosen.Specifically To relax the spring of; cause to act suddenly by means of a spring; touch off, as by a trigger: as, to spring a trap: to spring a rattle; also figuratively: as, to spring a plot or a joke.To insert, as a beam in a place too short for it, by bending it so as to bring the ends nearer together, and allowing it to straighten when in place: usually with in: as, to spring in a slat or bar.In architecture, to commence from an abutment or pier: as, to spring an arch.Nautical, to haul by means of springs or cables: as, to spring the stern of a vessel around.In carpentry, to unite (the boards of a roof) with bevel-joints in order to keep out wet.n. The act of springing or leapingn. A flying back; the resilience of a body recovering its former state by its elasticity.n. The act or time of springing or appearing; the first appearance; the beginning; birth; rise; origin: as, the spring of mankind; the spring of the year; the spring of the morning or of the day (see dayspring).n. Specifically The first of the four seasons of the year; the season in which plants begin to vegetate and rise; the vernal season (see season); hence, figuratively, the first and freshest period of any time or condition.n. That which springs or shoots up.n. A young wood; any piece of woodland; a grove; a shrubbery.n. A rod; a switch.n. A youth; a springal.n. Offspring; race.n. Water rising to the surface of the earth from below, and either flowing away in the form of a small stream or standing as a pool or small lake. , , , , , n. Figuratively, any fount or source of supply.n. An elastic body, as a strip or wire of steel coiled spirally, a steel rod or plate, strips of steel suitably joined together, a mass or strip of india-rubber, etc., which, when bent or forced from its natural state, has the power of recovering it again in virtue of its elasticity.n. In entomology, a special elastic organ by which an insect is enabled to spring into the air.n. Any active or motive power, physical or mental; that by which action is produced or propagated; motive.n. Capacity for springing; elastic power; elasticity, either physical or mental.n. Nautical: The start, as of a plank; an opening in a seam; a leak.n. A crack in a mast or yard, running obliquely or transversely.n. A line made fast to the bow or quarter of a ship, in order to pull the head or stern in any required direction.n. A rope extending from some part of a ship to another ship, or to a fixed object, to cant or move the ship by being hauled upon.n. A quick and cheerful tune; a skip.n. In falconry, a collection of teal.n. Synonyms Fountain, etc. See well.Pertaining to, suitable for, or occurring or used in the spring of the year: as, spring fashions; spring wheat.To fit with springs, as a carriage or a motor-vehicle.n. In golf, the movement of a ball lying in a small cup or hollow when struck with a straight-faced club.n. A helical spring made by coiling a cylindrical or round steel rod around a mandrel.